The building was opened by the Mayor in May 1964 with a long list of VIP attendees. The home was designed by F.W. Beresford Smith, and built as a hostel for elderly persons. The hostel offered accommodation for 43 persons, 3 single bedrooms, 5 double bedrooms and 5 sitting rooms. A centre for handicapped persons offered handicraft and instruction rooms, a concert hall with stage, television room, quiet room, games room etc. From a collection of slides from the 1950s-1980s, by Lesley Green-Armytage.
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